Illuminate Woodland- Holiday Lights Contest

Visit Woodland would like to announce it’s inaugural “Illuminate Woodland” Holiday Lights Contest. We are looking for homeowners who have the spirit of Christmas and a little bit of Clark Griswold in them to participate in our holiday lights contest.

The Illuminate Woodland contest is open to any resident in Woodland California. Online Applications are due on December 15th by 5pm and all homes must be fully decorated by that night. All participants must be willing to share their home address and family name. Participants are encouraged to leave up their lights/decorations through the New Year so other visitors/residents can check out their holiday lights.

Contest judges will be driving around to take photos and or videos of each home signed up to participate in the competition beginning on Dec 16th. If a home is not decorated at that time, the application will be voided. Participation is free.


Homes submitted for the competition will be collectively judged by three anonymous individuals who do not live in the city limits and are not personally acquainted with any of the applicants.

Winners will be announced December 23rd

Photos and/or videos of all qualified homes entered as well as addresses will be posted to the website and Facebook pages in addition to the Daily Democrat newspaper and or Daily Democrat Website and or Facebook page.

Categories and Prizes

A total of three winners will be chosen based on the following categories:

Total Griswold

  • You’ve seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? If you haven’t, then you must!! Their house was just insane with lights and holiday gadgets! It blinded the neighbors and dimmed the rest of the power in the That’s the essence of this category.

Classic Holiday

  • Think about holiday lights you see in the ..very traditional and basic. This category is all about celebrating your traditions of the holidays.

Winter Wonderland

  • Finally, this category concentrates more on snow, reindeer, snowmen and things like

1st place will be awarded $5000 cash and a trophy!
2nd place will receive a $3000 and framed award.

3rd place will receive a $2,000 cash prize and framed award.


Official Contest Rules


Occasionally, Visit Woodland, will sponsor a contest, giveaways for tickets and other prizes. The following shall serve as rules and regulations for this contest sponsored by Visit Woodland, including contests via Visit Woodland’s website and social networks (Facebook, Instagram, etc).


The online entries for this contest ends on December 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. All times in this contest refer to Pacific Time. By entering the contest, entrants agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in these Official Rules, or the drawing itself, and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by all decisions of the Sponsor, whose decisions are binding and final. Sponsor reserves the right to withdraw the transmission of this sweepstakes and award the prize from among entries received prior to the date of the withdrawal. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this contest.


This contest is open to residents within the city limits of Woodland California only. Employees of Visit Woodland, Daily Democrat and parents, subsidiaries and the directors, governors, employees and agents of such entities, and the immediate family members of all such persons (spouse, parents, siblings and children), are not eligible to participate or win.


Entrant must be 18 years old or older. Only 1 entry per house. Multiple entries received from any person or email address will only count as a single entry. Entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, illegible or corrupted are void and will not be accepted.


All entries become the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned. No correspondence will be acknowledged. Entries may be used for advertising and/or trade purposes without compensation unless prohibited by law.


Sponsor is not responsible for technical or computer failures, errors or data loss of any kind, lost or unavailable Internet connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled, delayed or deleted computer or network transmissions, inability to access any Web site or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, incomplete, incorrect, inaccurate, misaddressed or misdirected entries, or theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, whether caused by the participant or by any of the equipment or programming utilized in this contest. If, for any reason, the internet portion of the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the online portion of the contest, and to disqualify any participant who tampers with the operation of the contest or website or violates these Official Rules of the contest. If the online contest is terminated due to tampering or technical difficulties prior to its expiration date, notice will be posted at, and the finalists will be selected from among all eligible on-line entries received prior to the termination date, and from non-online entries received via the methods described in section 1(b) above (which will continue to be accepted). Caution: Any attempt by a participant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such participant to the fullest extent of the law. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an electronic participant, electronic entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email or electronic message submitted, as of the time of the entry.


There will be three (3) prizes awarded. The prize package includes one Grand prize is: $5,000

Second Place Prize is $2,000 and Third Place is $2,000  Winners will be selected through a random computer drawing from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified by phone or email.


The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. If any prize notification is undeliverable, or in the event of non-compliance with any of these requirements, the prize will be forfeited, and an alternate winner will be selected at random from the remaining eligible entries. The prize’s value may vary in price depending on what is offered (i.e. multiple day weekend passes). Transfer of the prize is prohibited. Payments of all federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of each prize winner and each winner may receive an IRS Form 1099 or equivalent from Sponsor. All federal, state and local laws apply. The Sponsor reserve(s) the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value at its sole discretion. A list of winners can be obtained at Visit Woodland located at 405 Main Street Woodland CA for a period of thirty (30) days after the end date of contest.


Each participant agrees to follow these Official Rules and hold harmless and indemnify Visit Woodland, Daily Democrat, its officers, agents, employees and volunteers against any and all liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described), with respect to or arising out of the participant’s participation in the contest.


All expenses on receipt and use of a prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Each finalist, by participating in the contest, and the recipient of the Grand Prize, (i) agrees to release, waive, discharge, hold harmless and indemnify Visit Woodland, Daily Democrat, its officers, agents, employees and volunteers and their respective advertising, promotion and production agencies, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any and all liability, damages, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever, whenever the same may accrue, for injuries, damages or losses to persons (including death) and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership or use of the prize or while preparing for, participating in, and/or traveling to any prize-related activity, whether such claims or actions are on behalf of the winner or the winner’s heirs, representatives, administrators or assigns; and (ii) grants to Visit Woodland, and the Daily Democrat the right to use the winner’s name, voice, picture and/or likeness for purposes of advertising, broadcasting, trade purposes and publicity in any and all media now known or hereafter invented, without further permission, notice or additional compensation (except where prohibited by law).


Failure to comply with the Official Rules of the contest will result in a participant’s disqualification.


Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in the Official Rules of the contest, which changes will become effective upon announcement.


No purchase is necessary. The contest is void where prohibited by law.


Visit Woodland 405 Main St. Woodland, CA 95695 530-668-8839 www.visitwoodland


How to Apply 

Click the link below to fill out the form online or you can print out the application and enter your home in our competition!



Deadline to Sign Up using the written form is: Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 by 4pm 

You can return this form to Visit Woodland at the address below. OR enter online at

Printable Form (Click Here)

Visit Woodland 405 Main St. Woodland, CA 95695 530-668-8839